Written by Lily Choi, Editorial@antonnews.com Saturday, 22 June 2013 00:00
When preparing for a wedding, most brides like to be on top of every little detail. Those who have been involved in planning a wedding, or watch shows like TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, know that the dress can make or break the bride’s vision of her perfect day. It’s crucial to have the guidance of a wedding designer who knows and loves all things bridal. At her recently opened bridal couture house on Manhasset’s Miracle Mile, designer Karen Sabag works with brides, helping them find the perfect dress for any wedding event.
When it comes to gowns, Sabag’s philosophy rings true for brides everywhere: A wedding is a rare, one-of-a-kind occasion that calls for a one-of-a-kind dress. The level of artistry and careful detail that goes into a wedding dress, Sabag said, is not typical of everyday wear. “I’m known for fabrication and details and big things—you can’t wear details and big things [in] everyday life.”
Brides are definitely her area of expertise. “I love working with brides,” she said. “It’s their special day, and when they choose me [as the designer] for their special day, it’s a beautiful thing.” For her 2010 wedding, Sabag, of course designed her own dress.
The selection in her showroom is overwhelming; Sabag gives her creativity full rein in each of her designs. Her samples include gowns with big ruffled or tulle skirts to a bridal jumpsuit, a beautiful outfit with sheer lace pants. All are elaborately beaded with delicate, ornate lace or embroidery details in a style uniquely her own. Eveningwear starts at $4,000 and bridalwear starts at $6,000.
An incredible amount of workmanship goes into each dress. Sabag is known for her use of lace and embroidery, both of which are imported from Paris or India. She also works extensively with corsetry. The “construction of [the] dress...makes a gorgeous body,” she explained.
Sabag’s representative Bonnie Bien described the designer’s dresses as “fashionable, but with a little bit of an edge.”
“She’s very young, she’s only 30,” Bien noted. “So her expression of ‘bridal’ is very upscale, but young and modern at the same time.” Sabag’s clients typically choose up to four dresses for different events, such as bridal showers or engagement parties. She also designs dresses for the mothers of the bride or groom.
Born in Israel, Sabag moved to the United States when she was 11. Fashion is in her genes, passed down from fashion designer mom, Lidya Sabag.
The 2007 Fashion Institute of Technology graduate launched a bridal and couture business before she graduated. While an FIT undergraduate, Sabag won the prestigious first prize in the Kleinfeld-FIT bridal contest. She also won best in the show at the Supima Fashion Competition for Emerging Designers in 2009. The company whose fabric she used for her winning design was so impressed that they brought the gown to Milan and Paris to exhibit at their fabric shows. Since graduating, Sabag has been showcasing her collections during New York Fashion week.
Sabag is looking forward to working with new clientele on Long Island. Although she shares a bridal and eveningwear business with her mother in Brooklyn, she admitted her Brooklyn clients have not given her the chance to market herself to a larger clientele. “A lot of [my clients in Brooklyn] won’t say a lot of things about you because they like to keep you a secret,” she laughed. With her level of talent and originality, not to mention her exquisite bridalwear, it is hard to imagine that she will stay secret for long.
Visit Karen Sabag at 1685 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, or call 516-918-9988.